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Dale Chihuly

Master Glass Artist

Dale Chihuly: I've never thought about what the American Dream was, but I guess I would say that it's being able to pursue whatever you want to do. For me it's being able to do what you want to do and survive. For somebody else I suppose it could mean having an income, but who would want to have an income from something you didn't want to do? I guess you might if you were in a place where you couldn't have that, but the American Dream to me is pursuing whatever you want to do and finding a way to be successful at doing it.
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Tom Clancy

Best-Selling Author

The basic strength of any society, in military terms, stems from a country's economy. The better the economy, the more things get turned out and better are the things it can turn out. The strength of an economy comes from the individual minds of the citizens of that country. What we have demonstrated in the last 200 years in America is, if you maximize the freedom for each individual mind -- you maximize the choices a person can make, you maximize the reward a person gets for coming up and implementing a good idea -- the stronger the economy becomes. The whole thing begins with a free individual making a free choice to live his or her life in whichever way the person chooses to live it. Everything else grows out of that.
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Johnnetta Cole

Past President of Spelman College

I hope that what we have is just the beginning of what it is that we can become. Because what it is that we say and what it is that we do, must absolutely come into greater harmony. This is a nation whose spoken and written vision is chillingly beautiful. That each should have an opportunity. That work will get you where you need to be. That we need to respect each other, including our differences. That's a mighty vision, it's a precious way to talk about the American democracy.
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